When I was a little girl, I never really had the dream as some girls do to be a ballerina. Oh I liked to dance. I can remember watching Laurence Welk with my parents and when Bobby and Sissy would appear my sister and I would dance together around the living room ( I think I may be dating myself....heheheh) But the actual thought of becoming a ballerina just didn't cross my mind....until now. On Sunday afternoon I was treated to a performance of the Nutcracker and it was amazing!! Heidi was given four tickets and her husband and 17 year old son just were not terribly excited to attend. It was a great girls day out with she, her daughter Jenna, my mom and me. The whole production was one that I will remember forever. The dancers, costumes, and scenery were simply breathtaking. With the first act coming to a close I thought I could not love anything more than the Snow Queen and the Snowflakes. I watched in awe as they danced so gracefully in the lightly falling snow. But then...in the second act the Sugarplum Fairy appeared with everything you imagine a ballerina to be. She was so beautiful, graceful, delicate, and elegant. Her costume was amazing with it's soft pink color and glittering jewels. She glided across that stage seemingly without effort. I was mesmerized.
(I tried to find a picture of her from this performance, but I could only find this one of her from Sleeping Beauty.)
Needless to say we had the most wonderful time. Another Christmas memory that I will treasure forever....
The perfomance was held in the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh. The theatre is so beautiful. My picture doesn't come close to capturing all of it's splendor.
After this most amazing day, you could say that this "big girl" now has the dream of a "little girl"....Yes I want to be the Sugarplum Fairy. I guess a girl can still dream---can't she.
About Dandelion Wishes--Why a Dandelion you ask???
As I was contemplating starting my blog and opening my etsy shop, many thoughts swam in my head. What would I write about, what would I sell and what in the world would I call my blog and shop? Oh I had a list of names--which one should I choose? I finally decided on Dandelion Wishes. Why that name you ask? Why a dandelion--they are such a nuisance poking their little yellow heads right out into the beautiful green grass. Then there are those little white seed parachutes floating over my lawn just looking for a place to land and grow more little yellow heads in my beautiful grass. If I would have stopped at that thought I never would have choosen the dandelion to represent my blog. Who want's to be known as a nuisance?? Not me. As I stopped and really looked at the little yellow flower, I discovered that it is really quite beautiful. With it's many petals and it's happy yellow color I found it to be really very cheery. And then the thought struck me. There are many things that come into our lives that at first we consider a nuisance. But if we really stop to think about them, often they can become a thing of beauty--teaching lessons and helping us to grow and mature in our lives. I couldn't think of a better name for my blog and shop. It helps to remind me to stop and see the beauty in all situations, to ask myself what lesson I am to be learning, and how does this situation help me to grow into a better person. I wish that for all of you my friends as well. Thank you for visiting Dandelion Wishes. I hope you enjoy your stay.